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Preparing For Your New Puppy What Every Puppy Needs Hypoglycemia and Your Small Breed Puppy Proofing Your Life Picking Up Your New Puppy Airport Pick Up Meeting Ground Transportation Your New Puppy is Home Introducing A Child to the New Puppy Food and Bathroom Breaks Sleep A Name for Your New Puppy Introducing Your Puppy to an Adult Pet First Trip to the Veterinarian Exercise Car Safety Dog Bite Prevention Disclaimer of Liability

Preparing For Your New Puppy

You are so excited, the big day is near and your furry bundle of joy will be arriving. But wait… are you ready? This is a very stressful time in your puppy’s life; it is the first time he has been separated from his mother and siblings, and most likely the first time traveling.

Being Prepared

Preparing for your puppy to arrive can decrease the stress for you, your family, and your new puppy. It is important to make your home and yard safe and set rules for yourself and family so that your puppy can adapt to his new surroundings. This is also the best time to choose your veterinarian. Recommendations from friends, family or neighbors are a good place to start. You can also check the American Animal Hospital Association website to find accredited clinics in your area.

Now that you have a few clinics in mind, give each of them a call and ask a few questions:

 • How many veterinarians are in the practice?

• What are the fees for routine office exams and services (vaccinations, fecal testing, etc)?

• How are overnight patients cared for and/or monitored?

• Are patients referred to specialists?

• Do they have licensed veterinary technicians on staff?

• Is 24 hour emergency service available?

Once you have narrowed down which clinic feels right for you, make an appointment to tour the facility and speak with the veterinarian without your puppy.

• Is the clinic clean and well organized?

• How are each patient’s medical records kept?

• What type of equipment is used?

Remember, you are the voice for your new puppy. He is relying on you to make decisions that will keep him happy and healthy for years to come.

What Every Puppy Needs

Picking up a few essentials before your puppy arrives makes the big day go smoother. Last minutes trips to the store can be stressful for you and dangerous for your new puppy. Remember that your puppy has not received all his vaccinations and may not be protected from illness, so it is best to avoid public places where other pets frequent until his final booster at approximately 16 weeks of age.

Food

We will advise you what the breeder has been feeding your puppy. A sudden change in diet can be stressful and lead to diarrhea for your puppy. If you do not want to continue using the same food as the breeder, purchase a small amount to use at first. Add small amounts of the new food; gradually increase the amount of new food each day until you have completed the food transition.

Dishes for Food and Water

Dishes come in an array of sizes and shapes. Choose dishes that fit the physical characteristics of your puppy. Keep in mind that puppies grow quickly and that cute little dish might not work in 3 months. For example, does your puppy have a broad face? If so, then using a tapered bowl, which is great for a puppy with long ears, may prevent your broad face puppy from reaching the bottom of the bowl. If your puppy is a large breed, perhaps an elevated bowl is a good choice.

Collar and Leash

Collars and Leashes are usually purchased based on appearance and most pet owners purchase multiple collars/leashes over the years. Try to think about what function you want the collar/leash to serve, such as training, and purchase accordingly. You may want to wait to purchase the designer collar until your puppy stops growing.

Chew Toy

Puppies chew instinctively, it is going to happen. Having a few chew toys, specifically made for puppies, may help save that coffee table leg. It is important to throw away and replace chew toys as they become worn, so your puppy doesn’t choke on a squeaker or loose part.

Dog Crate and/or Bedding

It is important that your puppy has a place to call his own, a safe place to sleep, or just get away for some alone time. Good house training habits are easiest when using a kennel/crate. If you prefer bedding, check often for worn or chewed areas to keep your puppy safe.

A Few Other Things

A few other things that you may want to consider having on hand, but may not be necessary when first arriving home:

• Grooming Tools

• Pooper Scooper

• Puppy Pads

• Folding Gate

• Cleaner/Deodorizer for Accidents

Hypoglycemia and Your Small Breed

Congratulations!! The new addition to your family is a small breed puppy, weighing 4 lbs. or less. You may already be aware that your small breed puppy is at a higher risk of becoming Hypoglycemic.

Hypoglycemia is the medical term for critically low blood sugar levels. Your puppy’s blood sugar level is his main energy source. A low blood sugar level will result in a decrease of energy. A severe drop of blood sugar levels can be fatal if not treated immediately.

Hypoglycemia can occur without warning and is most often precipitated by stress. Your puppy’s system may become stressed from any of the following:

• Travel

• New or Too Many People

• New Environment

• Missing Meals

• Too Much Play

• Chilled; Unable to Maintain Body Temperature

We recommend you purchase a tube of Nutri-Cal Supplement from your local pet store to have on hand before bringing your new puppy home.

Nutri-Cal Puppy Supplement is a high calorie, flavored gel which consists of vitamins and minerals. This is an ideal source of additional energy for your puppy. Most puppies will lick the supplement off their nose or your finger. If your puppy is listless, you may have to put a drop on his tongue or on the roof of his mouth. Never force your puppy to swallow or place the supplement too far back in his mouth, which can cause your puppy to aspirate and lead to aspiration pneumonia.

Nutri-Cal Supplement can be used as often as every 2 hours, up to 4 times a day. Use only as a supplement, it is not intended to replace food. Once your puppy is eating well, use it once a day as a vitamin. Karo or Corn Syrup can be used as an alternative to Nutri-Cal Supplement.

It is crucial that you know and recognize these symptoms of Hypoglycemia:

• Loss of Appetite

• Weakness; Low Energy

• Listlessness

• Foaming Around Mouth

• Dry Tacky Gums

• Staggering Gait

• Depression

• Tremors

• Muscular Weakness

If your puppy has lost consciousness or having seizures, call your veterinarian immediately for instruction. Make sure your puppy is eating small amounts often to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia. However, if your puppy is showing signs of hypoglycemia regularly, please seek veterinarian care.

Puppy Proofing Your Life

Before your puppy enters his new home or yard the area needs to be puppy proofed. This will allow your puppy to be curious and explore without the danger of being harmed. Many household things that we take for granted pose a threat to your puppy. Sweeping or vacuuming regularly will keep your floors tidy and protects your puppy from swallowing potentially dangerous items. So, get down on the floor and snoop around just like your new puppy is going to……

Electric Cords, Cables, and Phone Wires

Yes, we have to have these things to enjoy our everyday life, but they need to be secured, wrapped, or tucked away so that they cannot be chewed, which eliminates the risk of electrical burns or worse.

Floor Plants

Having a puppy doesn’t mean that you can no longer enjoy household plants. If you choose to leave your plant where it is, you need to make sure that the plant is not toxic to your puppy, and be ready to establish consistent rules to keep your plant from becoming a chew toy.

Shoes and Clothing

Yes, it is adorable when the puppy is chewing on an old shoe. However, your puppy doesn’t know if it is an old shoe or an expensive new pair, so keep shoes and clothing up off the floor.

Decorations and Breakables

If it is on the floor or at tail wagging level, put it up higher, so you won’t find that expensive vase or cherished ornament in pieces.

Children’s Toys

Toys that are smaller than your puppy or have small parts pose a choking hazard and need to be put away. This is an opportunity to give your child a responsibility with the new puppy while keeping their room clean at the same time.

Coffee Tables

Magazines, remote controls, and cell phones which are kept on coffee tables or similar furniture should be moved until your puppy has been trained not to get up on this furniture.

Tablecloths, Runners, Drawstring Cords

Tablecloths or runners that hang over the edge of a table need to be secured. The dangling material can be inviting to grab and can cause a table to be pulled over on top of your puppy. Drawstring cords on your blinds should be out of reach to prevent your puppy from becoming tangled and possible strangulation.

Purse or Backpack

Keep your purse or backpack out of puppy’s reach. Make-up, loose change, gum, and medication are just inside and can lead to choking, digestive blockage, or worse.

Food and Medication

All food and medication needs to be put away inside a drawer or pantry. Medicine bottles are not chew proof and can be easily taken from a table, countertop, or purse. Candy dishes, fruit bowls should also be put away. Both food and medication can be fatal to your puppy.

Cleaning and Hazardous Products

Cabinet locks should be placed on any low cabinet doors or drawers where you keep cleaning products or hazardous products such as ant or rat poisons. These products can be toxic and/or fatal to your puppy.

Toilet Lid

Keep the toilet lid down! This is not Fresh water, even if you keep your toilet clean. Toilet water is filled with bacteria and/or harsh chemicals and can make your puppy ill.

Trash Can

Keep the lid down on the trash can or keep it in a closet. The smells that come from your trash may lure your puppy, which will eat or chew just about anything, into not only making a mess, but also eating something that could make him sick. Bones can splinter when swallowed and cause damage to the esophagus and intestinal system. Train your puppy to know that the trash is Off Limits.

Chair Legs, Table Legs, Window Sills

Puppies are instinctively going to chew on wooden objects. This is going to be one of the biggest training challenges in your home. Using a “bitter” tasting spray designed specifically to discourage chewing may be the best way to protect these items.

In the Yard

Clean up your yard…. Put away hoses, garden tools, toys, or anything your puppy might want to chew on. Make sure you block access to swimming pools. Even a puppy that can swim can drown when they are unable to find access to get out of the pool. Check fencing and gates for gaps that would allow your puppy to get stuck or get loose into traffic.

The Garage

Plain and simple, this area should be completely off limits to your pet unless you plan on doing a lot of cleaning. The garage is where we keep everything that is too dangerous to be kept inside the house. It only takes a teaspoon of sweet tasting anti-freeze to destroy your puppy’s kidneys.

Picking Up Your New Puppy

The big day is here…. time to pick your new puppy up!

There are several things that can make this trip stress free for both you and your new puppy. If at all possible, plan on picking your puppy up over a long weekend or during vacation time which will allow you plenty of time to introduce your puppy to his new environment. Remember, this may be his first car ride, so bring a friend, neighbor, or an adult family member to drive you and your new puppy home. This will give you time to focus and get to know your puppy.

Make the car ride less stressful with a few easy steps:

• Cover your lap and/or seat with a towel(s)

• Keep the car quiet and relaxed

• Plan a stop for a potty break and stretch

 

Airport Pick Up

What you will need at the Airport

Arrive on Time!! When you arrive at the airport you will most likely pick your puppy up in the baggage claim or cargo area. If you are unsure, ask an airport employee to direct you to the correct area. Parking in front of the airport while picking up your puppy may not be allowed. Having someone else with you will allow them to find parking or wait in a remote area until you are ready to head home.

Photo I.D.

A Photo I.D. will be required by the airport to pick up your puppy. If someone else will be picking up your puppy, make sure we know prior to shipping. The airport will only release the puppy to an authorized person, with photo identification.

Scissors or Wire Cutters

Your puppy’s crate will have been zip tied prior to transporting to ensure safety. You will want to cut these off after accepting your puppy. Depending on how well your puppy traveled will dictate what needs to happen next.

Collar/Leash

Depending on the size of your new puppy, this is most likely your next step. You certainly aren’t going to want to start out chasing your puppy through a crowded airport. Again, depending on the size of your puppy, be sure to get the collar and leash on before opening the crate door fully.

Nutri-Cal or Karo/Corn Syrup

If you are picking up a small breed puppy (4 lbs. or less) it is very important to bring either Nutri-Cal or Karo/Corn Syrup with you to the airport, though even a larger puppy may need a little pick-me-up after the stress of shipping. Hypoglycemia is usually precipitated by stress. This drop in blood sugar can cause seizures, coma, or even death. It is important that you are able to recognize the signs and evaluate your puppy for the following:

• Listlessness

• Foaming around Mouth

• Dry Tacky Gums

• Staggering

• Depression

• Muscular Weakness

• Tremors

Should your puppy have any of these symptoms, place a drop of Nutri-Cal or Corn/Karo Syrup on your finger and allow your puppy to lick the supplement. If your puppy is down and unable to lick the supplement, place a small amount on his tongue or just inside his mouth. Be careful not to place the supplement too far back in the mouth or force your puppy to swallow. This can cause your puppy to aspirate and lead to aspiration pneumonia. If symptoms do not improve, seek veterinary care as soon as possible.

Bottled Water

Puppies tend to knock things over, so your puppy may be thirsty after his plane ride. Offer a drink, but don’t allow him to drink too rapidly or too much before the car ride home to help prevent car sickness. Puppies also tend to have accidents in the crate and end up messy. The bottled water can help clean your puppy a little before heading home. Damp cleaning is best. Try to avoid getting your puppy really wet to prevent chill or cause additional stress.

Towel(s)

Have a towel(s) with you to help clean your puppy and, if needed, his crate. Depending on the airport, there may be a restroom nearby, which might make this a little easier, in a quieter setting. A towel also makes a great wrap for your puppy and offers warmth and a secure feeling.

Paperwork

Your puppy’s paperwork should be attached to the crate. If not, you will want to ask someone at the counter, where you showed your photo I.D., where it is located. Keep all the paperwork in a safe place; you will need it for your puppy’s first veterinarian examination.

 

Meeting Ground Transportation

Depending on your location, there are several companies that specialize in the ground transportation of your puppy. Following a few easy steps the transfer of your puppy will be very easy.

What you will need for Ground Pick Up

Arrive on Time!! You will be given a location and time to meet the transportation company. Bring any paperwork/manifest you have received and a Photo I.D.

Photo I.D.

Identification will be required before the transfer of your puppy. If someone else will be picking up your puppy, make sure you notify us prior to shipping. Your puppy will not be released to someone that is not listed on the paperwork.

Collar/Leash

Make sure to put a collar and leash on your puppy to get him to your vehicle. This will prevent your puppy from running off or getting into a traffic area.

Nutri-Cal or Karo/Corn Syrup

If your puppy is 4 lbs. or less, you will want to take Nutri-Cal or Karo/Corn Syrup when picking up your puppy. Hypoglycemic symptoms can appear suddenly and this may be needed during the car ride home. Hypoglycemia is usually precipitated by stress. This drop in blood sugar can cause seizures, coma, or even death. It is important that you are able recognize the signs and evaluate your puppy for the following:

• Listlessness

• Foaming around Mouth

• Dry Tacky Gums

• Staggering

• Depression

• Muscular Weakness

• Tremors

Should your puppy have any of these symptoms, place a drop of Nutri-Cal or Karo/Corn Syrup on your finger and allow your puppy to lick the supplement. If your puppy is down and unable to lick the supplement, place a small amount on his tongue or just inside his mouth. Be careful not to place the supplement too far back in the mouth or force your puppy to swallow. This can cause your puppy to aspirate and lead to aspiration pneumonia. If symptoms do not improve, seek veterinary care as soon as possible.

Bottled Water

Even though your puppy has had water available, doesn’t mean he drank a sufficient amount. Make sure to have a bottle of water available to offer him a drink before beginning your car ride home. Make sure your puppy doesn’t drink too rapidly or too much to help prevent car sickness. Puppies also tend to have accidents in the crate and end up messy. The bottled water can help clean your puppy a little before heading home. Damp cleaning is best. Try to avoid getting your puppy really wet to prevent chill or cause additional stress.

Towel(s)

Have a towel(s) with you to help clean your puppy and, if needed, his crate. A towel also makes a great wrap for your puppy and offers warmth and a secure feeling.

Paperwork

Your puppy’s paperwork may be attached to his crate or may be given to you from the animal care technician. Keep all the paperwork in a safe place; you will need it for your puppy’s first veterinarian examination.

Your New Puppy is Home

After days or weeks of anticipation you have arrived home with your new puppy! Now it is time for Fun, a lot of Unconditional Love, and yes…. some Work!

When you arrive home, take your puppy to the area designated for bathroom use. Allowing him to use the bathroom before going inside gives him an opportunity to explore the area and may help prevent an accident inside the house. Be sure to praise your puppy if he goes to the bathroom. This will get housebreaking off to a good start. It is important that you Do Not Punish your puppy as he explores his new surroundings both inside and outdoors. Everything is brand new to him and your puppy does not know your expectations or rules. If curiosity leads him to something or somewhere “off limits”, direct him another way, perhaps to a chew toy. Use praise when he responds to your direction of a new activity. This is the beginning of asserting yourself as the pack leader and training your puppy. Remember, every time you introduce your puppy to an activity you are establishing rules and good habits. If you haven’t already, this is a good time to start a list with questions for the veterinarian during your first visit, which will be within the next 1-2 days.

Introducing A Child to the New Puppy

This is fun and exciting to both the puppy and the child! It is important to set rules for both to keep either from becoming overwhelmed or accidentally harmed. Make sure that your child understands that smothering hugs, ear pulling, and roughness can cause a puppy to bite. Teaching your child to respect the new puppy will help prevent a dog bite.

Care Schedule and Activity Zones

We all know that the adult(s) in the house will be the primary caregiver(s) for the new puppy. However, setting a care schedule will give your child some responsibility and help your puppy get to know a routine. Make sure your child/children know where each of the following activities should occur before setting up a care schedule.

• Where the puppy sleeps

• Where the puppy eats

• Where the puppy goes to the bathroom

• Where the puppy is and isn’t allowed

Do not assign a responsibility to a child/children who are too young to do the task. This is only going to create stress in the household. Below is a short list of duties suitable and fun for children:

• Feeding

• Bathroom Breaks

• Play Time

• Brushing

• Toy Pick Up

Instruct your child/children how to handle the puppy properly and use commands so your puppy learns to obey everyone in the household.

Food and Bathroom Breaks

Now that you have been home for a few hours your puppy is most likely hungry. Puppies eat 3 to 4 times a day; smaller breeds may need to eat more meals to prevent hypoglycemia.

Offer your puppy food and drinking water in the area of the house you have designated for feeding. Once your puppy has finished eating take him outside to use the bathroom. Allow 10 to 15 minutes of outdoor time for him to find the right spot. Make sure to use praise if he uses the bathroom. If nothing happens, try again a little later.

Keep an eye on your puppy for any signs that he is looking for a place to use the bathroom. Take him to the designated area immediately if you think he is going to use the bathroom or if he has already started so that he finishes in the designated area.

Do Not punish your puppy if an accident occurs in the house. Remember to praise your puppy each time he uses the bathroom in the designated area. The general rule is to add 1 to your puppy’s age to determine how often he needs to eliminate. Therefore, your 3 month old puppy will need to go out approximately every 4 hours for a potty break. However, food and water consumption may vary the frequency of a needed potty break. Ideally, always take your puppy out for a break immediately following a nap or meal.

Sleep

Puppies nap and sleep a lot! Designating a sleep and/or nap area not only creates a good routine, but allows you to keep an eye on your puppy.

Place your puppy’s bedding or crate in this area(s). Never force your puppy into his crate or sleep area. This area should be a comfort zone for your puppy where he feels safe.

The first few nights in a new home can be very hard on your puppy. Restricting food and water, depending on the size and breed of your puppy, a few hours before bedtime will help prevent accidents during the night. Allow 20 minutes of playtime prior to bedtime to help your puppy get to sleep.

Your puppy is used to snuggling and having his litter mates close by. Crying or whimpering is a way of calling for mom and/or litter mates. As tempting as it may be, it is never a good idea to put your puppy in bed with you. A sweatshirt with your scent, a ticking clock, or the low volume of a radio may help your puppy sleep. Be sure to check on him several times throughout the night, remembering to take him out to use the bathroom as necessary. It is always a good idea to carry your puppy out to use the bathroom when he wakes up to prevent an accident on the way until he has been housebroken.

A Name for Your New Puppy

Choosing a name that captures your puppy’s personality or has that perfect fit can be quite a challenge, but it is what we all want. A puppy does not feel emotion toward his name. His name is the way we gain his attention. A few things to keep in mind when choosing a name:

• Keep it Simple

• Avoid Names that Rhyme with Obedience Commands

• One or Two Syllable Names are Easier to Understand

• Names Ending with Vowels are Easier to Learn

Once you have chosen a name, be sure to get a name tag that includes contact information for your puppy’s collar.

 

 

Introducing Your Puppy to an Adult Pet

It is a good idea to have your Adult Pet stay with a friend or boarded the day your new puppy arrives. Leave the introductions for the next day when the atmosphere is calmer.

Puppies and Adult Dogs

If you have more than one adult dog, introduce them individually to the new puppy. It is important that you stay alert and in control during this process. If possible, have two other adults with you during the process to help handle the adult dog and puppy. This allows you to be the mediator and not appear to take sides if a problem occurs. Dogs are territorial by nature, so the introduction should take place on neutral ground. Allow them to walk around and sniff each other. Talking with them softly can help soothe the introduction. If you notice any of the following body language that could be signs of aggression separate them and try again later.

• Ears Laid Back

• Raised Hair on Neck or Back

• Growling or Showing Teeth

• Stiff Legged Walking

• Starring

• Mounting

Even if the introduction goes well, you should supervise your adult dog and new puppy for no less than a month when they are together.

Puppies and Adult Cats

Allow the Adult Cat to set the ground for the meeting. Your puppy should have areas that are off limits which gives your cat safe zones. Do not allow your puppy to chase the cat, but don’t punish him if this does happen. Distract your puppy with a treat or toy and praise him for stopping the behavior. If the cat roughs up the puppy a little, do not punish the cat. This is a natural instinct; the cat is not being mean. Introducing your puppy and cat slowly, multiple times will help your puppy learn the boundaries for this relationship. It won’t happen overnight, but eventually they should be the best of friends.

First Trip to the Veterinarian

Your puppy will need to see the veterinarian for the first time within 2 days of coming home. You will want to make sure that your puppy is happy and healthy and go over any questions or concerns you may have since bringing your puppy home. So don’t forget to grab your list you have been making along with the paperwork you received when picking up your puppy.

Schedule the appointment for early in the morning or when the clinic has the least number of patients. Your puppy has not had all of their vaccinations so you want to be careful not to expose him to older dogs with illness that may be at the clinic. The quieter atmosphere will also help keep your puppy calm in this new environment.

Keep your puppy relaxed, speak quietly, and use praise. Use the leash to prevent your puppy from running around and getting into things. You will want to start with good habits since your puppy will need regular vet visits over the years.

Make sure the Veterinarian sees the vaccination record you received from the breeder. Vaccinations must be administered at the proper intervals from 6 to 16 weeks of age to protect your puppy. Depending on your puppy’s age and when the breeder last vaccinated it may not be time for a vaccination booster at his first visit. This initial examination will also involve a health check of his eyes, ears, heart, lungs, teeth, gums, coat, and your puppy’s weight.

Exercise

Just like Humans, puppies need daily routine exercise for their physical well-being and mental stimulation. Exercise may also deter behavioral issues such as chewing, digging, and barking.

The amount of exercise your puppy needs depends on his age, breed, and any medical conditions. This is a good subject to visit with your veterinarian about during your puppy’s first exam. A general rule is 5 minutes per month of age, 2 times a day. Therefore, your 2 month old puppy would need 10 minutes of exercise each morning and evening. It is important to provide consistent amounts of exercise. Do not allow your puppy to lie around all week and then expect them to run a weekend marathon. This is very stressful to his joints and internal organs.

When you exercise with your puppy watch for signs he might be tiring. If your puppy tires or sits down, give him time to rest, until he is ready to go again. Be ready to carry him home if necessary.

Watch the surface that your puppy is walking or running on. Puppy pads are very soft and need time to develop necessary calluses for protection. Avoid Rough surfaces and Hot Cement as much as possible.

Do Not Overheat! If you are too hot, so is your puppy. Watch for the following signs of Heatstroke anytime your puppy exercises:

• Excessive Panting

• Difficulty Breathing

• Increased Heart/Respiratory Rate

• Drooling

• Weakness/Collapse

• Seizures

Always have fresh water available for your puppy while exercising. If your puppy shows any signs of heatstroke get in a shaded area or inside right away. You can cool your puppy by placing a cool wet towel around his head, neck and back area or by running cool (not cold) water over him. Brachycephalic breeds, breeds with flat faces and short noses, are at a higher risk of heatstroke. Heatstroke can be fatal if not treated immediately. Do not hesitate to seek medical attention for your puppy if needed.

Car Safety

Keeping your puppy safe in the car begins with good travel habits. Restraining your puppy properly will help ensure a safe trip for all the passengers in the vehicle. Your puppy should not be allowed to:

Hang Out of the Window

While it looks like fun, hanging out of the window of a moving vehicle presents several risks for your puppy, including, but not limited to:

• Injury to the Eyes and Nose from Flying Debris

• Falling or Jumping Out of the Window

• Struck by Another Vehicle after Falling or Jumping

Bounce or Jump Around

A puppy that is bouncing or jumping from the back to front seat or on and off your lap is a distraction. Distracted driving is a hazard to both you and other drivers on the road. In the event of an accident, your puppy will become a projectile and cause injury to themselves and/or passengers in the vehicle.

Darting Out of the Car

If your puppy has the tendency to dart out of the front door as soon as it is opened, they are at risk when opening a car door. Make sure your puppy is on a leash before opening a car door to eliminate the risk of a traffic fatality or your puppy running loose and getting lost in a strange place.

Restraints for Car Safety

There are many different ways to restrain and keep your puppy safe while traveling in a vehicle. Choosing the right restraint will depend on the weight, size, and breed of your puppy.

Seatbelt Harness

There are several different styles of harnesses that allow you to retrain your puppy with the seatbelt in the vehicle. Be sure to keep a few things in mind:

• Does the Harness Provide Padding on the Chest and Sides

• Does your Puppy have the Ability to Sit and/or Lie Down Freely when Fastened

• Does the Device Fasten Easily and Unfasten Quickly in the Event of an Emergency

Booster Seats

Booster Seats designed for smaller breeds give your puppy a safe riding place with the ability to see the surroundings. Make sure to install and use the device properly and that your puppy’s weight does not exceed safety requirements.

Kennel

If your puppy has a Kennel, then you have a great way to provide safe travel. Your puppy already feels at home in his kennel and it allows you to bring along his blanket and a toy on a long trip. Always secure the kennel in the vehicle with straps or bungee cords. An unsecured kennel can tumble over or go through a window in the case of an accident and harm your puppy or passengers in the vehicle.

NEVER Leave Your Puppy Alone in the Car!! On a Hot Day your puppy can become the victim of Heatstroke in a matter of minutes. Be Aware that puppy paws can lock and unlock car doors and roll down windows of a running vehicle.

Dog Bite Prevention

Never tell someone that your puppy/dog won’t bite. Their natural instinct to protect themselves means, given the right circumstance, any puppy/dog will bite.

Dog Bites are the cause of injury to children every day. The majority of dog bite victims are family or friends of the puppy/dog. The best way to prevent dog bites is supervision of your children and puppy/dog when they are together. It is important to teach your child proper behavior and etiquette around any puppy/dog.

• Never Grab an Object or Toy from a Puppy/Dog

• Leave a Puppy/Dog Alone While They Eat or Sleep

• Do Not Corner or Make a Puppy/Dog Feel Trapped

• Do Not Sneak Up on a Puppy/Dog

• Do Not Stare, Bark, Growl, or Show Any Other Sign Of Aggression Toward a Puppy/Dog

• Tell An Adult Right Away if Any Puppy/Dog Shows Any Sign of Aggression

Disclaimer of Liability

Puppies are a wonderful addition to a home. Each puppy has a unique personality and the ability to love unconditionally. They also posses the natural instinct to survive and will follow those instincts when handled improperly. This website, its’ owners, authors, and all those connected cannot be held liable for any injury or loss sustained as a result of using the information presented here. Every effort is made to present accurate information to aid in the well being of your puppy. The information presented in not intended to replace or provide veterinary instruction or care. You should contact your veterinarian if your puppy is ill or injured. We will make no attempt to diagnose or treat your puppy. Consult with your veterinarian before starting any obedience or physical training to ensure your puppy is healthy enough to participate. It is impossible to say with certainty how a puppy/dog will react to a given situation. No warrantee, expressed or implied, exists for the information contained on this website.

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